The degradation of facilities located at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is no different than the state of many military bases throughout the world. It’s plagued with deteriorating concrete, metal, & wooden structures, mainly due to lack of budgeting for maintenance and compounded by Caribbean Island climatic conditions, including salt water-related corrosion issues. The military and dedicated civilian personnel have made due with outdated facilities in need of major renovation or replacement, neither of which has been budgeted beyond “emergency repairs only”. Thus, the numerous steel K-span structures installed 20 to 25 years ago have deteriorated and become useless empty buildings scattered around the base.
However, the current primary contracting firm for the Job Order Contract (JOC) decided to take innovative action to meet the Navy’s need for more usable and habitable space.